Well, it seems every spare second I have in the day, while Mallory is sleeping, I am studying about lactation for my big exam to become a consultant coming up in July. I figured I should blog about it since I stay awake at night thinking about what I learned that day or even dream about test questions. To say the least, this is what has been consuming me lately. I never thought I would be a "breastfeeding freak" haha but I am. It is soooo darn amazing and I am not embarrassed to say that I still nurse Mallory. I was just getting close to weaning her at 15 months when I started pulling out my old books and reviewing material from previous breastfeeding courses I took while working at WIC to start studying for the exam. After re-reading and learning about the benefits of breastfeeding for toddlers I was so amazed and recommitted to nursing Mallory longer. If you are thinking, how much could there be to study about breastfeeding? Well...there is so darn much to learn, even the leading scientists have not scratched the surface. I feel a bit overwhelmed to know all that I need to for the exam but am so grateful to have had the knowledge I have started to gain about lactation thrown in my path. I had not thought of becoming a lactation consultant until I started working at WIC and worked with so many wonderful breastfeeding advocates and I had so many great opportunities to attend amazing trainings! I am really excited about becoming a consultant and hope I will be able to put in the time to learn all I need to in order to pass. These next few months will be busy with work, a Flordia trip, and moving to another state for Porter to start school. Wish me luck.
p.s. If any of you have questions about breastfeeding please call me! I love to help and it helps me get better prepared for the test. There are soooo many darn issues and situations with breastfeeding... don't feel "unusual" if you are struggling. Breastfeeding does not come naturally.. it takes a lot of work and help from others providing helpful information....
p.s.s. don't feel guilty if you didn't breastfeed long. It is super hard at first and there are different things we all face. Just feel happy you tried and your baby got that most important early milk. :)
Okay. .... I know... that is enough! Have a good day!
Monday, March 21, 2011
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Mom and Dad celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary! What great examples they are to me! Love you guys. (Mallory had so much fun serving them a candle lite dinner.
When we went to Utah we had fun visiting cousins and family.
Our sweet baby girl.
She is one good Dr. (a very serious one too)
So... you know we must be sisters when we get ourselves dressed in the morning and our little girls and we all match. No kidding! We had no idea we had matching clothes let alone what each other were going to wear! Love you sis! Don't know how Mallory and I will live without you and Bryn when we move.
Mallory's first time bowling. She loved it.
Yes, yes, that is a strike you see with my name! :)
What a good grandma. The kids loved playing "Troll". Silly.
Grandpa's attempt at the troll game was pretty successful too :) Love ya Dad.
Mallory is in LOVE with Brynlie. Thanks for being such a good big cousin Bryn. Malli shourd does look up to her.
Ice cream with Cooper and Brewer, Aunt Marti, and Grandma Marsha. "Allejlue!!!" (mallory's language when she gets ice cream)
And "crunch time" working off all that ice cream :) Mallory loves to lay on the floor with all of us each night to do our crunches. She follows the video and acts like it is a breeze compared to us. haha.